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Feb. 4, 2014 DVD & Blu-ray: 'Free Birds', no more eating turkeys on Thanksgiving

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From the Academy Award-winning producer of Shrek comes the hilarious, family friendly animated comedy film Free Birds directed by Jimmy Hayward. Co-written by Hayward and Scott Mosier, it features a talented comedic voice cast that includes Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler, Dan Fogler, Lesley Nicol, George Takei, Keith David and Colm Meaney.

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Thanksgiving is a joyous time of year for families to gather together and celebrate the festivities. However the same cannot be said for turkeys, because they are the main course for dinner. Reggie the Turkey has always been afraid of Thanksgiving for this very reason and his attempts to warn the other turkeys have constantly fallen on deaf ears, making him an outcast. When they realize Reggie was right, they throw him to the wolves to save themselves. In a surprising twist of fate, Reggie ends up being named the “pardoned turkey” by the President of the United States and is sent off to Camp David to begin a new life of luxury -- enjoying endless pizza and telenovelas.

All is well until about three days before Thanksgiving when Reggie’s new life is suddenly snatched from him. He gets bagnapped by Jake, the president and only member of the Turkeys Liberation Front, who wants Reggie to help him take turkeys off the Thanksgiving menu for good. Although reluctant to leave the good life, Reggie and Jake go back in time using an egg-shaped time machine to the very first Thanksgiving in 1621. Putting their ruffled feathers aside, the two birds from totally different worlds team up and help out their fellow feathered friends’ cause to change the first Thanksgiving holiday feast and the future world of all turkey kind.

The DVD and Blu-ray include the “Shake A Tail Feather” featurette. Exclusive to Blu-ray are four more featurettes: “Birds Flipping History,” “Animating Free Birds: The Main Course,” “Winging It: Animators in Action” and “Talking Turkey with Composer Dominic Lewis.”

Cast:

  • Owen Wilson as Reggie
  • Woody Harrelson as Jake
  • Amy Poehler as Jenny
  • Dan Fogler as Governor Bradford
  • Lesley Nicol as Pilgrim Woman
  • George Takei as S.T.E.V.E.
  • Colm Meaney as Myles Standish
  • Keith David as Chief Broadbeak
  • Jimmy Hayward as Ranger / Leatherbeak / President / Hazmats / Additional Voice Talent
  • Carlos Alazraqui as Amos
  • Josh Lawson as Gus
  • Danny Carey as Danny
  • Dwight Howard as Cold Turkey
  • Carlos Ponce as Narrator / Alejandro
  • Robert Beltran as Chief Massasoit
  • Scott Mosier as Pizza Dude
  • Jeff Biancalana as General Sagan / Hazmats / Additional Voice Talent

DVD Special Features:

  • Shake A Tail Feather
  • Theatrical Trailer

Blu-ray Special Features:

Includes all DVD Special Features plus:

  • Birds Flipping History
  • Animating Free Birds: The Main Course
  • Winging It: Animators in Action
  • Talking Turkey with Composer Dominic Lewis

Best Prices:

DVD - $14.96 at Walmart stores, $15.99 at Best Buy, Target, $19.96 at Walmart.com, $19.99 at Amazon.com

Blu-ray Combo Pack (includes DVD and UltraViolet Digital Copy) - $19.96 at Walmart stores, $19.99 at Best Buy, Target, $24.99 at Amazon.com, $29.96 at Walmart.com

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